Tradition is best shown in color when it comes to the Islands of The Bahamas. In an age where politics dominate the national conversation, it’s easy for the national identity to become lost in a myriad of harsh comments and bland newsprint.
Lyndera Hall takes a step out of the political arena, preferring to focus on the brightness and character of the Bahamian world of still life and hard work.
“Are the depths of art only explored by the bold and the daring? Will a passion so beautifully and yet skillfully crafted be buried under the rubbles of a society who is still unaware of its ins, outs, and turns? My reason for pursuing art is to find the pursuit and answers to these questions.”
In her passion-fueled bid to prove the doubters wrong, in her own words, Lyndera Hall hasn’t stopped making art since her high school days at Michael Eldon in Freeport.
“On the island of Grand Bahama, the exposure of and to art was only confined to the National Trust. Even so, with this small and yet tasteful exposure, societal norms had presented a notion that art was as dead as overbeaten conch.”
After earning her degree from the University of The Bahamas in Business Management, Lyndera let the art guide her. Since then she has quickly risen above the odds to be featured at The Bahamas National Trust, The Heart Ball auction, with a show at NAGB this autumn.
In her piece “Preservation”, the yellowtail snapper is encased in a jar, swimming in the blood of the fresh day’s catches. As with many of Lyndera’s vivid paintings, it is a snapshot of a moment reminiscent of her childhood.
She reflects on the days of fishing on the rocky shores of West End, Grand Bahama as elderly people were co-raising their grandchildren.
“The constant flow of fish, learning the tides of the sea and which baits to use for which fish, was a method of “Preservation” in our main staple.”
The economy of Grand Bahama and the developing nature of the creative economy in The Bahamas at large is a challenge that Lyndera welcomes.
“Art is the oxygen in my blood and I want to see if the world will allow me to breathe or cut off my oxygen supply. This is my reason for art.”